Philippians Three

I was spending some time with the Lord today and I thought He might have been leading me to Phil., chapter three.

Paul starts out reminding us to rejoice in the Lord. When horrible things are happening, it may feel hard to rejoice, yet Paul wrote Philippians while in prison.

One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Phil. 3:12-14.

Php 3:12, (KJV),  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

How often I need to let go of the things in the past! Just lately I got thinking of something I wish I hadn’t said, and this Scripture reminded me to let it go. I confessed it to the Lord, it didn’t cause any damage. Sometimes it’s important to leave things alone and consider that we are not perfect yet. When other people lament over their parenting practices from years past, I often tell them, “You did the best you could at the time.”

These are people I know, people that cared about their children.

People that continually try to improve their parenting skills and their own characters may need to cry out to God for help as they interact with their children, but after the fact, if they goofed and they apologized to their child and tried to keep from repeating their wrong behavior, I say, with Paul, leave it in the past.

It does no good to beat ourselves up. If we’re stuck in a mode that is harming our family members, we’d better get help and remove ourselves from the situation if things are escalating.

That’s why I don’t believe in Evolution. Men and women are not animals; we are human beings not subject to instincts. We can make choices. Humans reason and worship God. Animals do not. Humans can control themselves and seek to know God.

Well, if you haven’t read Philippians, it is a great book of the New Testament. The Bible is a book that never grows old. The more I read it, the more I see things I never saw before.

May God bless you.

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3 responses

  1. Amen to that Constance! God’s word is like the unfolding of the onion skin. The layers and depths of His word unfold before our eyes as we thirst and hunger for His word and to grow closer to the Lord. This is the milk and the meat that is often spoken of in the new testament. Those who are babes need milk at first and as they grow spiritually, they begin to feast upon the meat of God’s word. It is the living and breathing word of God and unfolds to greater understanding the more we take it in and His Holy Spirit reveals His truth to us. Here are just a few mentions of this phenomena.

    1 Corinthians 3:1-6King James Version (KJV)

    3 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

    2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

    3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

    1 Peter 2:1-3King James Version (KJV)

    1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
    2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
    3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

    Hebrews 5:11-14

    11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

    Like the parable of the seeds so too are there many forms of believers or those who have heard the word of God. Paul reminds us IF we continue and do not turn back or wither away, we too will grow unto completion by the works of God’s hand. There are so many other verses as well that help us discern if we are falling backward or growing forward. The best evidence we were told is we shall know by “their fruits”. And so, if we are daily seeking and hungering for God and His word, we too can look at ourselves and gauge if we are being fruitful in many evidences of gifts which God gives each, according to His will for us. We remember that it is God himself that is doing these works in us to His glory and not us, for it is impossible for us but not Him. So as we continue to love him and study and commit His word to our inner self, He is faithful to grow that which has begun. We just need to be faithful and determined to relax in Him and let his holy spirit guide us and be sensitive and yield to His yolk (his lead).

    Sweet daughter of God, blessed be the good works of our Holy Father God and Savior which He performs in and through you for the lifting up of His saints and the encouraging of the hearts of those whom love God. Amen

    • You are so kind! May God bless you according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. It doesn’t get better than that, does it? 🙂 I’m thinking of Philippians_4:19, (ESV) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
      Amen!

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